What is “culling” as a theme?


“Culling” is when a selected group is drawn off from the larger population. Favourite examples are Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. The theme shows up several times in the biblical Old Testament, and is implicit in the New Testament’s ‘Revelations’.

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It falls under the category of Culling Theme. However, in critique, it falls into theoretical study of literature which could be “othering” as well as Focauldian concept of “power.”

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